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16 April 2021
With the announcement this afternoon from the Ontario Government of further restrictions and the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order, Bishop Colli is announcing the closure of all Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Thunder Bay effective today. This closure remains in effect until the Stay-at-Home Order is lifted. The Diocese of Thunder Bay is deeply committed in doing its part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
At this time, all weekend and weekday Masses, Baptisms, First Reconciliations, funerals and weddings are suspended until the Stay-at-Home Order is lifted.
Please note that funerals may continue to be celebrated at a Funeral Chapel under the direction of a funeral director.
The faithful are encouraged to keep Sunday holy by making a spiritual communion by participating at Mass on television or online (visit the diocesan website for the link: www.dotb.ca), or through acts of devotion (for example, reading Scripture or praying the Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy or other devotions).
We are being called upon to do our part to keep our communities and one another safe. Please follow all safety guidelines and pray for a swift end to this pandemic so that we may once again feast at the table of the Lord.
Anointing of the Sick
During the Stay-at-Home Order, only the Priest-on-Call is available for the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, which is reserved for those at end-of-life. House calls are not permitted at this time. The Priest-on-Call will make every effort to provide pastoral care to the dying; however, please keep in mind that some long-term care facilities are restricting visits at this time, including those by the Priest-on-Call. During this time, do NOT call the Parish Office, please ask the nursing station to page the “Roman Catholic Priest-on-Call.”
At this time, the Parish Office is closed to in-person visits. We continue to conduct business by telephone or email only. Since we are closed, the door to the Parish Office will not be answered. Mass intentions are not being accepted at this time.
Donations & Tax Receipt Information
We thank you for your continued support during the pandemic. Even though we are closed to in-person visits to the Parish Office, parishioners and friends who wish to drop off their donations may do so by placing their donation in the mailbox. We ask, though, that you first call ahead and only drop off donations from Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm as the mailbox is regularly checked during these times.
We have received multiple income tax receipts back in the mail with notice that the individuals have moved. This is a friendly reminder that if you have moved or changed your telephone number to please update your contact information with the Parish Office.
If you made a donation to the Parish using the CanadaHelps website, please note that your income tax receipt for those donations is issued by CanadaHelps and not the Parish. Receipts from CanadaHelps are emailed to you, or if you registered on their website may be downloaded by logging into your account.
The Parish is not involved in the bookkeeping for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus. While donations and dues can be dropped off at the Parish Office or in the collection basket for them, these groups are separate entities from the Parish and handle their own financial affairs. If you have questions regarding donations or dues made to them, please direct your inquiries to the group’s treasurer.
During the pandemic, there are many ways to support your Parish from home. View our Ways to Donate page for the various giving options that are available to you that are easy, secure and convenient.